Post by Peter Bakwin on Jul 21, 2017 12:04:37 GMT -5
You don't have to share your real-time track with the whole world - just with 1 or 2 objective 3rd party observers (me, for example). The Delorme units and some SPOT units have a very powerful advantage of allowing you to send & receive text messages via satellite. If you are in an emergency situation providing more detailed information to Search & Rescue personnel is exceptionally helpful. SAR people have told me they greatly prefer this functionality to a PLB, which just says "HELP" and keeps saying it until help arrives at your location. It's also great for your loved ones - you can inform them of updated plans, etc.
My only annoyance with Strava is that it often reports "moving time", whereas an FKT is of course total time. To get the total time I have to log in to Strava, download your gpx file and look at that. Please do not just post a link to your track and leave it at that!
If you tag the Strava activity as a "race" (instead of just "run" or "workout"), Strava will display the total time, not moving time. Also, Strava now displays "elapsed time" under the "moving time", so you don't have to dig up the GPX anymore, which is nice.
One more note to people using Strava or other phone apps, or a GPS watch - disable auto-pause! There's a setting for that on nearly every app and device.